Capitol Steps; A hilarious evening of music, politics and satire with America's Favorite Comedy Troupe

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

The Capitol Steps will perform at the LSU Union Theater on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 4:30 p.m. This troupe of former (but not disgruntled) Congressional Staffers travels the country satirizing the very people and places that once employed them. The Steps perform over four hundred shows a year, covering territory from Portland, Maine to Portland, Oregon. Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded 18 albums, including 6 during the Clinton Presidency.

Over the past 16 years, the Capitol Steps have been featured on three national PBS specials, "Good Morning America", "Entertainment Tonight," "NBC Nightly News," and CNN's "Inside Politics." Their song parodies have been played dozens of times on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." Along with their weekly spots on Radio America's "Dateline: Washington" and WMAL's "Stevens & Core" show, they can be heard 4 times a year nationwide during their

"Politics Takes a Holiday" radio specials, broadcast by NPR stations nationwide.

The Capitol Steps were born in December, 1981 when three staffers for Senator Charles Percy were asked to provide entertainment for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Christmas party. The group first considered staging a traditional nativity play, but in all of the congress they couldn't find three wise men or a virgin! So they decided instead to dig into the headlines and hot topics of the day, creating new lyrics for familiar tunes. What emerged was a special brand of satirical humor that played as well in Peoria as it did on Pennsylvania Avenue, and thanks to the likes of Bill Clinton, Ross Perot, Socks the Cat, and the entire Congress, has enjoyed an ever-increasing audience.

Many celebrities and politicians, some of whom have been targets themselves, have performed with the troupe: Vice President Gore, Sam Donaldson, Michael Dukakis, Larry King, and president Bush, to name a few. In fact, the Steps have performed for the last four Presidents (five, if you include Hillary.)

Although the Capital Steps are based in Washington, DC, ninety percent of their performances are for out-of-town audiences. See why Larry King declared Capitol Steps "They're the best. There's no act like them, no one in their league." - Larry King, CNN "The Capitol Steps are what Washington would be like if everyone were smarter and could sing." - P.J. O'Rourke, Humorist

Tickets for the Capitol Steps are $36-$44 and may be purchased online at www.uniontheater.lsu.edu or by calling the LSU Union Box Office at (225) 578-5128 Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

For further information or group discount pricing, please call Terry Serio, Assistant Theater Director, at (225) 578-6013 or email: tserio@lsu.edu Photos: http://www.producersinc.com/BandInfo.php?Band=capitolsteps